Last time I looked at MSM8x60 it was at 1.5 GHz inside the Qualcomm Mobile Development Platform (MDP). We benchmarked it and found performance to be pretty compelling, with the caveat that this was a development board with none of the power management OEMs use in real products.

Qualcomm MSM8660 MDP

It seems like a long time since we touched that MDP, but this time we're looking at production hardware that's very close to launch (and the Sensation is already shipping in Europe), after OEM power optimizations and with a lower base clock of 1.2 GHz. Keep in mind that both devices are now running at qHD (960x540) as opposed to the WVGA (800x480) that the MDP and most other Android phones are running at. We still haven't found a way to do this very effectively in our graphs (it's coming soon), but as of right now, the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D, and Atrix are the only qHD devices we've tested.

In my limited time available, I was only able to run Egypt and Pro from GLBenchmark 2.0 (latest build, on both the Sensation and EVO 3D. The graphs are unfortunately again a bit deceptive since we're dealing with 1.35x as many pixels in qHD than we are with WVGA. If you factor in the 25% decrease in clock speed between 1.5 GHz from the MDP to 1.2 GHz in MSM8x60 shipping in devices now, and keep assume a linear scaling (which is honestly something we should never do, but here it gives a ballpark estimate), we get around 23 FPS expected performance on the Sensation/EVO 3D in Egypt. Compare that to the ~21 FPS we get in that test on those devices, and things look almost where they should be. 

All things considered, performance doesn't seem to take that big of a hit going from MDP to real implementation, at least in the Egypt test. Again, we're going to explore this in more depth in the HTC Sensation review. 

GLBenchmark 2.0 - Egypt

The Pro subtest is a bit more difficult to interpret since we're essentially back up against the framerate cap in this test. I didn't run the test to figure out what the Sensation and EVO 3D's respective caps are, but it should be in the neighborhood of 50-60 fps. 

GLBenchmark 2.0 - PRO

SunSpider and Browsermark are the odd tests here. Performance isn't at the top or even competitive with the other dual-core SoC on the charts, Tegra 2. Instead, the Sensation and EVO 3D scores hang back a little bit. It's entirely possible that at least in BrowserMark some of this is the difference in resolution, but SunSpider just shows some aberrant behavior. From what I've learned at Uplinq (and a story is coming on it soon as well) Qualcomm closely works with OEM partners and the V8 project to optimize V8, the JavaScript engine in Android's browser, for the Scorpion CPU architecture, so we should in theory see better performance. 

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9

Rightware BrowserMark

We still have a lot more testing to do when the Sensation hits our doorstep, and in spite of the curious browser benchmark performance numbers, the both MSM8x60 devices felt incredibly speedy in the hand. 

Physical Impressions
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  • B3an - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    When are you guys going to review/benchmark the Samsung Galaxy S2? It's probably the most popular and best phone out right now. I know it's not out in the US yet but cant you import one from the UK or Europe?
  • macs - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    I agree.
    I can't wait for Samsung Galaxy S II review because after using it for a month I'm sure it's the best smartphone available and by a huge margin.

    I can't understand why you are so fast to post benchmarks from unfinished devices or developer prototypes like you did at MWC or with Qualcomm MDP but not in a hurry to review what is the most popular and most advanced phone in the world right now (outside US at least).
  • A5 - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    I assume they haven't reviewed the SGS2 because they don't have a review sample. They aren't going to spend $600+ to import a phone when they can just wait and get a review sample for free.
  • Nataku - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    or, just may be or, the ppl asking for review can donate one to them :D
  • Brian Klug - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Hey, if one of you wants to donate one, I'll gladly review and even return ;)

  • Brian Klug - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    This is pretty much exactly the reason. I had contemplated buying one and having it imported (it'll even work on AT&T's UMTS bands). We decided to wait for the US carrier (and thus US Samsung) to get them, but it's been taking a while.

    Essentially all the other reviews, even by stateside reviewers, have been of the international version of the phone.

    I agree with what everyone has said though, we need one.

  • synaesthetic - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Did Samsung learn their lesson? Will this get timely software updates? Is the filesystem EXT4 now instead of that stupid RFS crap?

    Will we see some AOSP (built from the source, NOT cooked Sammy ROMs) custom ROMs?

    If the answers to those questions are yes, yes, yes and yes, then I'm interested.

    Otherwise, the phone could be faster than my laptop and I still wouldn't care.
  • bplewis24 - Saturday, June 4, 2011 - link

    Well said!
  • bjacobson - Saturday, June 4, 2011 - link

    who cares? They're fully onboard with making unlocked phones, just throw #favoriteROM onto it and be done with it???
  • synaesthetic - Saturday, June 4, 2011 - link

    Yeah but if some of those questions are no, then we won't see anything but cooked Sammy ROMs.

    I'd like my SGS2 with a side order of CyanogenMod, thanks. :)

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